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Dell Power Solutions is your one-stop shop in today's complex IT environment. It offers a forum to help you discover solutions that work, learn best practices from peers, review customer success stories, and examine real-life deployments in the emerging a



Published: Tue,22 August 2006 17:00:00 CST

Last Build Date: Tue,22 August 2006 17:00:00 CST

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Virtualizing Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 with VMware ESX Server 3

Thu, 01 Nov 2007 05:00:00 CST

Before virtualizing Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007, organizations should understand how those virtual machines might perform. This article describes tests used to evaluate the performance and scalability of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 on a VMware® ESX Server 3 virtualization platform.



The Dell Path to Innovation and Growth

Thu, 01 Nov 2007 05:00:00 CST

Enterprises of all sizes struggle with the ever-increasing complexity of IT. By helping simplify and streamline the requirements for ongoing operations and systems maintenance, the Dell IT simplification approach enables organizations to reclaim the time, money, and personnel needed to turn innovation into a daily business practice.



Integrating MOM into the BMC Software–based Dell Enterprise Management Framework

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

Integrating critical monitoring infrastructures is key to a successful enterprise management framework. By using the Integration of BMC Impact Manager to MOM connector from Seamless Technologies, the Dell IT group was able to integrate Microsoft® Operations Manager (MOM) into its BMC® software–based enterprise management framework while avoiding the pitfalls of developing a custom solution.






Monitoring Dell PowerEdge Servers with Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

The integration of Oracle® Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control with Dell OpenManage™ software allows administrators to monitor Oracle database metrics and ninth-generation Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers from a single console. This article discusses best practices for installing, configuring, and using this software to help simplify systems management.



Implementation Study: Dell IT Scales Supply Chain Management with Oracle RAC 10g

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

When the expensive proprietary servers running the Dell supply chain management systems had reached their limits, the Dell IT group migrated to cost-effective, standards-based Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers running Oracle® Real Application Clusters 10g. This architecture helped enhance database performance while providing scalability for future growth.



Implementation Study: Dell IT Scales Supply Chain Management with Oracle RAC 10g

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

When the expensive proprietary servers running the Dell supply chain management systems had reached their limits, the Dell IT group migrated to cost-effective, standards-based Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers running Oracle® Real Application Clusters 10g. This architecture helped enhance database performance while providing scalability for future growth.



Comparing Virtualization Performance: Dell PowerEdge and HP ProLiant Servers

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

To demonstrate the advantages of two-socket servers over four-socket servers for virtualization, Dell engineers tested a two-socket Dell™ PowerEdge™ 2950 server with quad-core Intel® Xeon® processors alongside a four-socket HP ProLiant DL585 G2 server with dual-core AMD Opteron™ processors in a virtualized environment based on VMware® Infrastructure 3.



Data Center Efficiency in the Scalable Enterprise

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

Energy efficiency is a top concern as IT managers struggle with rising power bills, cooling problems, usage limits imposed by local utilities, or requirements to deploy additional servers without expanding an existing data center or building a new one. To address energy efficiency effectively, data center managers must look at a variety of issues ranging in scope from the smallest piece of silicon to the entire data center.



Performance Scaling with Dell PowerEdge 2950 Servers and VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

To assess virtualization scalability and performance, Dell engineers tested two DellTM PowerEdgeTM 2950 servers with dual-core Intel® Xeon® 5160 and quad-core Intel Xeon X5355 processors alongside a previous-generation PowerEdge 2850 server with dualcore Intel Xeon processors in a virtualized environment based on VMware® Virtual Infrastructure 3. The results show that the PowerEdge 2950 servers can provide enhanced performance and host more virtual machines than the PowerEdge 2850.



Comparing Enterprise Database Performance on Dell PowerEdge and Sun Fire Servers

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

To evaluate the performance of dual-core processor–based servers from Dell and Sun, Dell engineers used the open source Dell DVD Store database to test a two-node Dell™ PowerEdge™ 2950 server cluster and a PowerEdge 6850 server with Intel® Xeon® processors alongside a similarly configured Sun Fire V490 server with Sun UltraSPARC IV+ processors. Not only did the Dell servers handle more orders per minute than the Sun server, but both also cost significantly less per order handled.



Dell IT Designs an Enterprise Monitoring Infrastructure Using Microsoft Operations Manager 2005

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

Microsoft® Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 provides scalability, failover, integration with Dell OpenManage™ Server Administrator, and other features enabling it to serve as the foundation of a global Microsoft Windows Server® OS–based enterprise monitoring infrastructure. Using MOM 2005 along with Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers, Dell PowerVault™ storage, Dell OpenManage Server Administrator, and BMC software, the Dell IT group developed a robust infrastructure to support more than 24,000 servers worldwide.



Upgrading BIOS and Firmware on Linux-based Systems with Firmware-tools

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

Firmware-tools, an open source development project, aims to simplify the process of upgrading BIOS and firmware on Linux® OS–based systems. This article discusses the firmware-tools architecture, which delivers and installs these upgrades using the native Red Hat® Package Manager (RPM™) format and native Linux change-management frameworks such as Novell® ZENworks® Linux Management and the yum tool.



Best Practices for Automated Enterprise Testing

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

A comprehensive deployment and verification strategy that includes test automation helps enterprises efficiently deploy and test software, hardware, and firmware by freeing administrators and testers from basic or repetitive tasks. This article discusses test automation fundamentals and best practices based on Dell enterprise product testing.



10 Gigabit Ethernet Unifying Fabric: Foundation for the Scalable Enterprise

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

10 Gigabit Ethernet is positioned to fulfill many expectations of Ethernet LAN technology that have been long anticipated but not yet realized by its predecessors and their alternatives. This article discusses the criteria for creating a virtual data center and how 10 Gigabit Ethernet can meet these criteria through its ability to function as a unifying fabric.



Enabling Business Agility Through Virtualization

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

How an organization prepares for change often makes the difference between improving its competitive position or getting left behind.



Implementing Database Mirroring with Microsoft SQL Server 2005

Wed, 01 Nov 2006 05:00:00 CST

The database mirroring feature of the Microsoft® SQL Server™ platform can help enterprises of all sizes make their databases highly available. This article discusses the architecture and management of SQL Server 2005 and the relative performance of different types of database mirroring.



Scalable Enterprise Implementation Study: How Dell IT Implements Microsoft SQL Server 2005 with Database Mirroring

Wed, 01 Nov 2006 05:00:00 CST

The Microsoft® SQL Server™ database platform is an important component of the scalable Dell infrastructure and data centers. This implementation study discusses the manageability, availability, and performance advantages the Dell IT group gained by moving from SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2005.



Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Virtualization in the Dell Scalable Enterprise

Wed, 01 Nov 2006 05:00:00 CST

The Dell scalable enterprise architecture uses industry-standard components to help simplify operations, improve resource utilization, and scale cost-effectively. Virtualization technology is advancing IT infrastructure standards by abstracting software from hardware, which can facilitate deployment and management of software in the scalable enterprise. To demonstrate this, the Dell Scalable Enterprise Technology Center deployed Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2005 software in a virtualized environment.



An IT Guide to Server Benchmarks

Tue, 1 Aug 2006 05:00:00 CST

Industry-standard server benchmarks can provide valuable perspective on a server’s raw performance and price/performance information. This article discusses some widely used server benchmarks and provides guidance on how to use them effectively.



Online Book Excerpt: MOM 2005 Overview and Alert Flow

Tue, 1 Aug 2006 05:00:00 CST

Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005: Integrated for the Dell Scalable Enterprise documents best practices, opera-tional techniques, and practical advice for using MOM 2005 to manage Microsoft® Windows® OS–based solutions on industry-standard platforms such as Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers and Dell/EMC storage. The MOM 2005 reference pre-scribes configurations tested in the Dell Scalable Enterprise Technology Center to integrate management systems and managed nodes for optimal performance and scalability. This Chapter 1 excerpt features a guided tour of the MOM alert flow.



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Tue, 1 Aug 2006 05:00:00 CST




Server Virtualization in the Scalable Enterprise

Tue, 1 Aug 2006 05:00:00 CST

Server virtualization can help bring measurable benefits to enterprises, including simplified operations, improved re-source utilization, and cost-effective scalability to meet business demands. As this important technology evolves, Dell in-tends to continue driving standards development and delivering standards-based products that offer choice and control for enterprise IT organizations.









Best Practices: Enterprise Testing Fundamentals

Thu, 1 Feb 2006 05:00:00 CST

Testing is a critical aspect of making sound enterprise deployment decisions. Given a large field of possible test scenarios, administrators must decide when enough testing has occurred based on indicators of readiness for the production environment. This article, addressing fundamentals of the test process, explores best practices for enterprise testing—including recommendations for a phased approach to component, feature, and system level testing.



Building Clustered Enterprise Applications with JBoss Application Server on the Dell PowerEdge 1855 Blade Server

Thu, 1 Feb 2006 05:00:00 CST

JBoss Application Server (JBoss AS) is a standards-based Java platform for scalable enterprise applications. The Dell



SQL Server 2005 on a Dell Scalable Enterprise Foundation

Tue, 1 May 2006 05:00:00 CST

Dell’s vision for the scalable enterprise is based on the standardization of core elements of the data center to provide superior value, and encompasses the core tenets of simplified operations, improved utilization, and cost-effective scaling. Using Microsoft



Supplemental Online Content

Tue, 1 May 2006 05:00:00 CST




Best Practices: Enterprise Test Management

Tue, 1 May 2006 05:00:00 CST

Testing products before deployment is a critical step for enterprises. Those administering the tests must determine when a product is ready to be deployed to production. But before this decision is made, the entire testing process should be carefully planned, managed, and reviewed. With effective test management in place, enterprises can help ensure that products receive comprehensive, well-documented testing and are truly ready for production.



Automated Deployment of Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 on Dell PowerEdge Servers

Tue, 1 May 2006 05:00:00 CST

Administrators of large enterprises can save time when they install and configure systems that use the Novell









Scaling an Oracle RAC System with Disk-based Backup and Recovery

Tue, 1 May 2006 05:00:00 CST

Data growth is inevitable in most IT environments, and yesterday’s cutting-edge system can become today’s bottleneck. Tested and validated Dell/Oracle industry-standard database components and Dell/EMC storage platforms can help enterprises expand their IT capacity to accommodate their increasing data. One way to scale is to add storage for disk-based backup and recovery, which can help minimize backup times, speed database recovery, add recovery points, and help meet service-level agreements.